Frank Warren to offer Francis Ngannou ‘top level’ fight and names two possible opponents
The Cameroonian could be set for more big paydays in the boxing ring.
Frank Warren has said he would like to keep working with Francis Ngannou and will him a ‘top-level fight’ for his next bout.
Ngannou stunned the boxing world with his superb performance against Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia, with the WBC heavyweight champion edging a controversial split-decision victory despite being dropped in the third round by the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Many believed that the Cameroonian – making his professional boxing debut – had done enough to earn a victory over the consensus no.1 heavyweight in the world, with Ngannou himself calling for the judges who scored their fight to be ‘sanctioned.’
Fury will now proceed to fight Oleksandr Usyk in their scheduled heavyweight unification fight, but Ngannou will not find himself short of offers to step back into the ring after his impressive display.
Warren, who promotes Fury, is one of those who would like to work with the 37-year-old again and listed two possible future opponents that he could face.
‘He has come out of this a huge star, a hero,’ Warren said. ‘He is now in a position to be in massive fights and I will have a meeting with him and his people about working together. The rematch could end up being as big as the Usyk fight.
‘I will offer him a top-level fight, he is solid, an athlete. He’ll get into the top 10 after that and based on that performance, I would give him a shot against anyone in the top 10 and I think he’d beat at least five of them right now.
‘He’d beat Manuel Charr all day long; him and Joe Joyce would be a good fight.
‘The Tyson rematch, if it happens, would be massive. It’s all about Tyson wanting to do it. He might turn round and say he’s had enough.’
Charr is the WBA ‘Regular’ heavyweight champion and has a record of 34 wins and 4 losses, although he last fought for a world title in 2012 when he lost to Vitali Klitschko.
Joyce, meanwhile, recently suffered two bruising defeats against Chinese heavyweight Zhilei Zhang, the second of which ended in an emphatic third-round knockout.
Another opponent for Ngannou may well be fierce punch Deontay Wilder after his trainer Maik Scott revealed that talks are already underway for a bout between the pair.
Ngannou, who is also signed to MMA promotion PFL, said a return to MMA is most likely next but he plans to return to boxing in the future.